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Monday, January 24, 2011
Cowboys future focus: Danny McCray

By Calvin Watkins

Future Focus

Position: Safety
Height: 6-1. Weight: 214
College: LSU
How acquired: 2010, undrafted free agent

Danny McCray
Danny McCray led the Cowboys with 28 tackes on special teams, where he made his mark as a rookie free agent signing.
What he did in 2010: He led the Cowboys in special teams tackles with 28. McCray earned his spot on the roster in the preseason, where he led the team with five special teams tackles which helped him become one of four rookie free agents to make the team. McCray saw limited time at safety during the season but the team's trust in him was mainly on special teams. Late in the season, McCray struggled to make two open field tackles while on defense raising some questions about his ability to make plays.

What to look for in 2011: If the Cowboys let Sam Hurd go in free agency, McCray would become one of their special teams leaders. However, the problem for the Cowboys was secondary play. It appears McCray will be given a chance to compete for a safety spot if one isn't drafted. Alan Ball and Gerald Sensabaugh are potential free agents in 2011, so the Cowboys could lose both players. McCray, who had 196 tackles in 52 games in college, has a chance to make his mark.

Quotable: "In college, I made my mark on tackles. I have to tackle and when I couldn't make a few of those tackles [late in the season] it bothered me. I think I can do better if given the chance. I understand the scheme and just need more chances to help the team." -- Danny McCray